Dame Helen Mirren
and Forest Whitaker
were crowned queen and king of the Oscars last night. The stars of The Queen
and The Last King of Scotland
won Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Martin Scorsese
won Best Director for The Departed
- his first win out of six nominations in the category and 31 years since his first nomination. Full List of Winners Below!
As she accepted her award, Helen, struggling to hold the statuette, said: "I've got my purse in one hand, my earring in the other. Thank you, Academy. You know, my sister told me that all kids love to get gold stars, and this is the biggest and the best gold star that I have ever had in my life."
An emotional Forest said: "Thank you. I wrote something down, because I thought if it would happen that I would be a little overwhelmed and I am.
"When I was a kid, the only way that I saw movies was from the backseat of my family's car - at the drive-in. It wasn't my reality to think I would be acting in movies, so receiving this honor tonight tells me that it's possible. It is possible for a kid from east Texas, who believes in his dreams, commits himself to them with his heart, to touch them, and to have them happen."
In his acceptance speech, Scorsese joked: "Could you double-check the envelope, please?"
Earlier in the night, Alan Arkin
- who won Best Supporting Actor - said on the red carpet that he hoped his co-star, ten-year-old Abigail Breslin
, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, lost.
He said: "I hope she loses frankly. No, I'm serious. I am not joking. I hope she loses. What, next year she is going to get the Nobel Prize, it's enough. She has had enough attention. I love her and I love her family and feel enough is enough. She is a kid, she needs to have a childhood. I hope she loses."
79th Annual Academy Awards list of winners:
, The Last King of Scotland
Dame Helen Mirren
, The Queen
Best Supporting Actor
, Little Miss Sunshine
Best Supporting Actress
, The Departed
Best Original Screenplay
Little Miss Sunshine
Best Adapted Screenplay
Foreign Language Film
The Lives of Others
I Need to Wake Up
- Melissa Etheridge
(from An Inconvenient Truth
Best Art Direction
Eugenio Caballero & Pilar Revuelta, Pan's Labyrinth
David Marti And Montse Ribe, Pan's Labyrinth
Best Animated Short Film
The Danish Poet
Best Live Action Film Short
West Bank Story
Best Sound Editing
lan Robert Murray & Bub Asman, Flags Of Our Fathers
Best Sound Mixing
Willie Burton, Bob Beemer & Michael Minkler, Dreamgirls
Best Costume Design
Milena Canonero, Marie Antoinette
Guillermo Navarro, Pan's Labyrinth
Best Visual Effects
John Knoll, Allen Hall, Charles Gibson & Hal Hickel, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Best Documentary Short
The Blood Of Yingzhou District
Best Documentary Feature
An Inconvenient Truth
Best Film Editing
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Departed